â€œHistory of Huntington County, Indianaâ€1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 547-48
Martin E. Leavell. The eighty acre farm of Martin E. Leavell in section 23 of Rock Creek township lies three and a half miles south-west of Markle, Indiana, and being thus advantageously situated affords to him and his family many facilities that residence on a more remotely located farm must of necessity deny to them. The Leavells are among the prosperous and highly regarded people of their community, and they added in generous measure to the general high standing of the township where they have had a continued residence of thirty-three years.
Martin Elmer Leavell was born in Delaware county, Indiana, on September 5, 1872, and he is a son of James and Laura (Worley) Leavell. The mother died when their son was a small boy and the father died in Delaware county in about 1897. He was a native son of Randolph county, Indiana, and the mother was likewise of Indiana birth. Young Leavell came as a boy of eight years, after the death of his parents, to Huntington county, and was reared on the farm of his uncle, F. M. Leavell. He attended the district schools of Rock Creek township, with one term at Danville, Indiana, and when he was eighteen he began farming in association with his uncle. He remained on the Leavell farm until he married, December 24, 1898. He owned the same section where he now lives. General farming occupies his attention with some stock raising as a side line, and he is generally regarded as a prosperous and successful farmer, as he indeed is.
Mr. Leavell married Julia Sheets, the daughter of Frederick and Maria (Shively) Sheets of Huntington county, where she was born and reared. To them have been born three children. Two are living at this writing-Frederick J., born August 29, 1902, and Ruth I., born April 17, 1907.
Mr. and Mrs. Leavell are members of the Christian church at Buckeye, Indiana, and are active in the various departments of that church body. Mr. Leavell has served as an elder in the church, and his wife has likewise identified herself with numerous worthy activities in connection with her membership. Mr. Leavell was formerly a Republican, but on the organization of the progressive party he joined their ranks. Though never a politician he is a man of ideas and gives a reasonable attention to matters of that nature. In his citizenship he has always set a good example to his fellow citizens and takes his place among the reliable, progressive and thinking men of his community. A quiet man, he yet wields a worthy influence wherever he is found, and he is known among the honorable and upright men of the town and county, wherein he has been known favorably from early boyhood to the present time.